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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Financial experts offer tips for budgeting after spending Leisure Keep New Years resolution with fun fitness NEW BRAUNFELS Sports CHS girls soccer team remains SUNDAY January 12 2003 Z34 pages in 5 sections EITUNG Vol 152 No 52 jServing New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Wasfi crash a suicide tt K JESSIE Clockwise worn ten before fire and rescue vehicles arrive bystanders watch as munitions explode inside the cab of a pickup truck that had slammed into an overpass Within minutes the truck was engulfed in flames Father brother said 29yearold was despondent over divorce BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Family members said Saturday that a fiery crash at York that killed a 29yearold San Marcos man could have been suicide Rescue workers believed Drake Andre Luera died instantly when his southbound 2000 Chevrolet pick up slammed into a York Creek Road overpass pillar at high speed just before 11 The incident occurred on the east side Interstate 35 frontage road Austin firefighter Tim Bailey and another passerby were unsuccessful in efforts to pull Luera from the crushed truck which was consumed by fire in the accident After ammunition in the vehicle exploded flames and safety con cerns forced the pair to abandon the rescue The victims brother and father who drove to the scene told offi cials Luera was despondent over his recent divorce Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Wells would not comment on what caused the acci dent Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced Lue ra dead shortly after noon Satur day She did not order an autopsy Experience counts in junior livestock shows Derek Quent 15 and his younger brother Cody 11 pre pare their hogs for the annual New Braunfels High School chapter livestock show Saturday at the fair grounds After four months of grooming feed ing and training the boys were more than ready for the chal lenge Derek walked away with the junior showmanship award and his hog brought home a reserve ribbon BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer It was a little like a beauty contest or maybe more accurately the Iowa Cau cuses There was plenty of livestock strut ting its stuff Saturday at the New Braunfels High School livestock show but it was basically for practice or experience at showing animals for reg ular and junior members of Future Farmers of America who are getting ready for the seasons big shows com ing up in Houston San Antonio and New Braunfels Saturdays event was overseen by NBHS agriculture teacher Ronnie Wunderlich who has been conduct ing the shows for his entire career as a teacher which started in 1972 Nothings he said Satur day Its the same office the same classroom the same shop I think Im on my third One thing lias changed though and thats the kids Wunderlich has been around long enoughlhat he can tell his students today stories about their par ents back in the Dark Ages of the Canyon show today Students and livestock return to the Comal County Fairgrounds on Common Street today for the Canyon High School show The show begins at 730 am and continues until about 1 1970s and 80s when he taught them Thats how it is for Derek Quent 15 of New Braunfels who brought a pair of 210lb pigs to the show Mr Wunderlich taught my said Derek an NBHS freshman whose parents are Dwayne and Tana Quent His brother Cody 11 showedSatur day too Dereks been showing animals since he was nine This year hell be showing in San Antonio and Houston All the he said Saturday he showed a Hampe and a Cross We haw a real good friend who has a pig business about a mile down the road from Derek said Thats See LIVESTOCK Property tax payments due by Jan 31 The deadline for paying 2002 property taxes without interest or penalty is Jan 31 Tax Assessor and Collector Sherman Krause told county commissioners Thursday the countys total tax bite for re appraisals of 622 flooddam aged properties in Comal County would be less than his earlier estimates We are required by statute to start mailing tax state ments on Oct 1 but proper ty owners have until Jan 31 to pay without Krause said The reminders are sent out in case a property owner lost the first tax notice Krause said This no tice is sim ply a re minder to help tax payers a void the pe nalties and interest If you have al ready paid your property taxes you should disregard the re minder the tax asses said Revised tax statements for property damaged in the July flood were mailed Thursday Krause said The Comal Appraisal Dis trict reappraised the proper ties to reflect lowered values after flood damage Krause originally estimat ed revaluing flooded proper ties would cost the county about this year in tax revenues When the actu al numbers came in the total was Commissioners authorized the reappraisal in August Not receiving a tax bill doesnt mean property own ers arent responsible for their property tax payments Krause said Anyone who owns property in Comal County and has not received a tax statement should call the tax office at 830 6205521 The Comal County Tax Office is located at 205 N Seguin Avenue It is open from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday A satellite office is located at 160 Oak Drive in Saltier It is open from 8 to Monday through Friday KRAUSE INSIDE 8
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